Before you arrive

Our International Office staff are happy to answer questions from prospective students about any aspect of living and studying at the University of Exeter, including the suitability of your existing academic qualifications and English language proficiency. If you are in the UK and wish to visit the University, we will be happy to arrange a tour for you; please see our Open days section for details.

Our International Students’ Guide contains all the information you will need to prepare for your studies here, from making a visa application, to what to expect when you get here including travel in the UK, the cost of living and the services available to international students, including medical treatment. A copy is available to download from our International Students pre-arrival pages.

Booking your accommodation

Unaccompanied, first-year international students studying for a full academic year are guaranteed an offer of University accommodation for the first year of their studies providing they return their application form and deposit by the deadline. The University has both fully catered halls of residence and self-catered flats and most study bedrooms have broadband and telephone connections. Please see our Accommodation section for more details.

Erika-Maria Szasz, from Romania, BA Politics

Ever since I was young, I’ve wanted to study at a prestigious university. Exeter made that dream a reality. I chose to come here because I think students are able to develop personal and professional skills that they’ll use for the rest of their careers.

I wanted to study Politics because it ties in so much with current affairs, including the political situation in my own country, Romania. We are able to analyse and investigate political events, and also try and understand the hidden meanings behind them all. I know the politics department is one of the best in the UK as well.

Coming from a different country it took a little while to get used to the different teaching systems used here, but I was very impressed by the attitude of the staff, lecturers and tutors. The classes were organised to encourage students’ creativity and ideas wherever possible.

I also had a lot of help to settle in. Academically, I had help with proof-reading and writing my essays, while tutors also took the time to explain things to me carefully. There were also social events held in Welcome Week to help introduce us to university life. 

I think I am quite a sociable person and settled in quickly. I wanted to try as many things as possible as a way of meeting new friends. I joined a lot of societies and take part in a number of activities such as becoming a member of the Welcome Team 2011, volunteering for the Community Action team and acting as Vice President of the Choral Society. 

There are so many good things about Exeter. We are given help to develop skills that will be helpful throughout our careers, the campus is amazing and there are so many events, such as Chinese New Year and Diwali, where we can meet new people. I would definitely recommend Exeter to friends.

Erika-Maria Szasz, from Romania, BA Politics